BY RYAN TOROK | MOVERS & SHAKERS
Israeli Scouts together with the leadership of Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds. Photo by Linda Kasian Photography
Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds Los Angeles held a private Prime Minister’s Club reception on Sept. 9, welcoming the newly appointed Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Hillel Newman at the home of Laura and Leigh Stein in Beverly Hills. Attendees included prominent community members who have invested $25,000 or more in Israel bonds.
Erez Goldman, executive director for Israel Bonds’ Western region, addressed the assembly, stating, “It is great to see such a large gathering of some of the strongest Israel Bonds investors, who directly support the Zionist enterprise and help to secure a safe and prosperous Jewish homeland.”
The event also featured remarks by Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Israel Maimon, president and CEO of Israel Bonds. Maimon, in referencing Israel’s second round of national elections held Sept. 17, said, “Democracy is, and will remain, a defining trait of the Jewish state. In a region of dictatorships, oppression and totalitarian rule, Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy, stands apart.”
The reception was organized by the Steins and Sam Goldfeder and Joe McNamara, all of whom are Los Angeles-based Israel Bonds investors.
The gathering was the latest in a number of high-profile Israel Bonds events. Others have included an investors’ forum featuring guest speaker Lauren Weinstein and the annual Golda Meir Luncheon, which generated more than $9 million of Israel Bonds investments and pledges to invest.